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E-bike Classes 1,2 & 3



Choosing between class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes could be a little difficult if you are not exactly sure of what the difference between each class is or what you are looking for.Our e-bike experts to help you along the way with making the best decision when choosing the type of e-bike that would best fit you. There are many different factors as mentioned before that one has to take into consideration when purchasing your first ebike. Some of these factors one has to consider is knowing which type of ebike you are looking for and able to ride where you live. Many regulations have been put into place since ebikes started entering the market. By now we know that ebikes have entered the market and are here to stay for good. They have changed the industry in a tremendous way. The many benefits and differences of ebikes could be found in our blogs. Keep in mind that rules and regulations in the United States varies by state and cities so make sure to do your research on where you can ride your ebike. So let’s get started learning about the difference between all 3 classes of ebikes.

Class 1 E-Bike: What makes a class 1 e-bike a class 1 you may ask yourself? Well to begin with a class 1 e-bike is classified as class 1 when it has PEDAL ASSIST ONLY and tops off at 20 mph and no throttle. What is pedal assist? An e-bike with pedal assist is an e-bike whos drive system is only activated once you start pedaling. Once you start pedaling you will be able to get up to 20 mph on your ebike. Class 1 ebike riders are given the permission to ride anywhere you would ride any other type of bike due to the low speed and operation. Meaning ebikes are allowed on bike lanes, bike paths, and on the road.

Class 2 E-Bike: What makes a class 2 e-bike a class 2 e-bike? A class 2 e-bike features aTHROTTLE and maxes out at 20mph. What is a throttle/how does it work? A throttle is a feature ebikes have that can come in a grip-twist or button where you hold it down and the bikes takes off without you having to be pedaling. 

Class 3 E-Bike: What makes a class 3 ebike a class 3 ebike? A class 3 ebike featuresPedal Assist only and tops off at 28mph. Due to the high power class 3 ebike has they are restricted from certain bike trails and bike paths. 

As mentioned before rules and regulations vary by where you live. Bike shop dealers are very educated when it comes to these rules and regulations as well. 

To learn more about policies and laws and regulations about ebikes visit peopleforbikes.org

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